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Lookout Linkage, 12/30/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league.

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Hello everyone! This marks the last edition of Lookout Linkage for 2014. Hope everyone's had a good year so far. Here's a little bit of recent news:

  • Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times touches on a few Mariners-related rumors, including those surrounding Seth Smith and Ben Zobrist.
  • Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times wonders if the Mariners are spending enough money on player payroll compared to their competition.
  • Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs dissects the 2015 team projections for each club in the American League (and if you're interested, here's the link for the NL).
  • No matter how patient a hitter might be, other above-average skills are necessary for success, argues Fangraphs' Eno Sarris.
  • Rumor has it that a Phillies-Reds deal for outfielder Marlon Byrd fell apart in the final stages of completion.
  • Grant Brisbee submits his fake MLB Hall of Fame ballot.
  • The Padres have acquired reliever Shawn Kelley (Mariner in 2009-2012) from the Yankees.
Alright folks, have a happy New Year!